Monday, January 28, 2013

Sharpening tools

So I've set myself a mission, to sharpen and tune for use all of the tools that I have in my tool chest to be ready for use. I've pretty much settled on my tools so I'm committed to spending the time getting them in peak condition. I'm about 2/3 of the way through. I'm somewhat loathe to admit that I've had tools in my chest that I haven't sharpened or setup but I'm going to be honest, I do. Several of the hollow and round pairs I haven't used. Some of the firmer gouges, the smaller matching plane. I just haven't gotten around to needing those particular sizes. But now I've decided that everything should be ready to go so I'm working my way through.

The other evening I was working on the moulding planes and got through the snipe bills and the large half of the H & R planes. Just #6 and lower to go along with two square ovolos, two ogees, the half rounds and 5 side beads. Want to learn how to sharpen moulding planes? Just buy some. I've just been using 3 slips, an India and a soft and hard Arkansas. The results have been very good with this freehand sharpening and the slips have enough shapes and edges to suit the various moulding plane irons.

Aside from that I've got the gouges to do and some misc stuff. Should be pretty easy to maintain everything on the finer stones once things are set up, unless of course something unfortunate happens to cause a nick.

Well back to sharpening...


  1. I tend to sharpen as needed but once I get everything set up I start hunting for additional things that can use an edge tune-up. I'm not going through all the mess of waterstones to do just one tool.

  2. Marc,
    That's part of the reason I switched to oil stones. I tend to think they are less messy so I'm more likely to sharpen when a tool is getting dull and not wait for it to become barely usable. I've been using my strop with the chromium oxide a lot to help maintain the edge while I'm using the tool as well. Just didn't like all that water and soaking.